The philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries led by Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Foundation, has urged the government to allow them to import 20 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson and Johnson to vaccinate its employees across the country, sources said at PTI.
The company, in a recent communication to the Union Health Department, informed that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be administered only within the organization and will not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. He further stated that additional quantities of the vaccine could also be obtained.
He also said that he may also explore the possibilities of importing vaccines from other vaccine producers in the future and that these will be used only for internal purposes.
“Reliance Foundation will import and receive shipment of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine from the United States for captive consumption and to administer our entire workforce in India. of this vaccine will be administered within the organization only and not at all for commercial purposes, “a source quoted the Reliance Foundation to the ministry.
Pointing out that it has several hospitals it owns in India, the Foundation said this has allowed it to familiarize itself with the vaccine in terms of shortage of requirements, transportation and distribution.
Johnson and Johnson had said in April that they had sought approval from India’s drug regulator to conduct a transitional clinical trial of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in February approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine that works with a single dose for emergency use.
Led by the wife of the president of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Mukesh Ambani, Nita Ambani, the Reliance Foundation was established in 2010 to give impetus to various philanthropic initiatives of RIL.
The Foundation told the government that during the unprecedented pandemic, it has strived to stand side by side to give all possible support to society as a whole by setting up COVID-19 hospitals and health centers. and providing free meals.
(With contributions from agencies)
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